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Emergency Situation # 3: Aquarium Power Failure

This is the third article in the Emergency Situation series. Click here to see Emergency Situation # 1 or Emergency Situation # 2. The basic premise is that I’m simulating a saltwater aquarium emergency, in order to figure out how I would handle it and if I need to get any equipment to help myself be more prepared. In Emergency …

Emergency Simulation # 2: Equipment failure

As a follow up to last week’s blog post, I am trying to pressure test my aquarium set-up and prepare for an emergency. This series was inspired by the book, The Martian, a book turned major motion picture about an astronaut stranded on Mars who deals with one emergency after another to survive. The story resonated with me, because a …

A quick review of cyanoacrylate coral fragging glue and two-part epoxies

Ready to get started with fragging your first corals but aren’t sure which cyanoacrylate coral fragging glue you should buy? Here is a quick product review of commercially available glues for use in coral fragging. Most of the coral adhesives in the market fall under one of two categories: Cyanoacrylate adhesives Two-part epoxies Cyanoacrylate gel is a great all-around adhesive. …

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Reef Aquarium LED Lights

One of the most popular articles I have written is a post on Reef Aquarium LED lights that I wrote almost exactly two years ago. At the time, I had an OLD light fixture that ran 2 x 96 watt power compact lamps and either a 175 watt metal halide. The lamps were shot, and it was time to replace …

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Controlling High Temperature in Reef Aquariums

Controlling High Temperature in Reef Aquariums Reef aquarists are focused on providing their fish and invertebrates with the best of care. Much effort is spent maintaining water quality, lighting and water movement. Ideal water temperature is an area of debate, but most reef aquariums are kept between 76-83F. Reef keepers often find their water temperature creeps up during the day, …

Saltwater aquarium reactors and contactors

Saltwater aquarium reactors and contactors If you’ve spent any time online exploring reef discussion groups, shopping online or hanging out at a good reef shop, you’ve heard about or seen alien-looking devices called “aquarium reactors” or “contactors.” Depending on your temperament, your first response to reactors might be “COOL! I want one…or two!” or “Looks complicated and scary.” Before jumping to conclusions …